Ouija Biosolutions envisions to harness and promote the bioresources of Northeast India through scientific entrepreneurship and sustainable agri-based solutions. We plan to deliver affordable agri-based technologies to boost productivity using biotech solutions.
Our idea is unique synthesis of a commercial venture with distinct social connects that help sustenance and growth of community beneficiaries. While most R&D in agarwood has been aimed at resin inducement in the field, we have instead targeted an intermediate step in the traditional process viz. fermentation that has remained largely overlooked. Our idea can be potentially a game changing innovation to Assam agarwood.
The traditional process of agarwood oil extraction has not undergone much technology interventions. The age-old process of soaking the wood in water for 30-60 days continues to be used hence productivity has remained stagnant. This has affected the already neglected agarwood industry adversely in the North East region of India.
We have developed a fermentation technology that modifies the conventional process of agarwood oil extraction by a biotechnology/bioprocess intervention. Our technology reduces the soaking time of wood and increases the yield of oil by 20%. We have completed the Proof of Concept and validating the technology. Our technology can be used by the agarwood distillers without any change in their set-up. They can make additional income from their production units by using our technology with very little user training.
This solution brings a new scientific and biotech dimension to agarwood production. The agarwood industry has so far been neglected even though there is an immense potential for growth. This is the first of its kind biotech intervention in the NE region of India.
The product is called OuijaPac.